SMSWA Cask 4.153

SMWSA Cask No. 4.153
Highlands, Orkney
58.6% ABV
Distilled October 1999
US Allocation: 150 Bottles
Late August 2012 Outturn Release

What the SMWSA Says:
Plenty to keep you occupied – smoked bacon, Golden Crunch Creams, Fry’s chocolate cream, ylang ylang, cherry liqueur, coal scuttles, Eton Mess, glossy magazines, and clean wood smoke. On the palate this multifariousness had become solventy – petrol, lighter fluid, kerosene – but was thick and mouth coating with ginger beer and lime pickle. Water drew forth pink grapefruit, orange, peardrops, Swarfega, coal tar soap, tinned fruit salad, faraway creosote and haggis spices. It had softened but still with a hint of petrol to taste, Lily of the Valley talcum powder and smoke (as if from a really large drawing room fire). From Orkney’s premier distillery.

Drinking tip: Enjoy while on a camping trip.

What Richard Says:
Nose: Delicate and slightly herbal with a wisp of sherry. Water opens it up to heater, honeysuckle, fresh cut grass, and a hint of smoke.
Palate: Rich, creamy, sweet milk chocolate covered caramels. Mouth coating. With water the sweetness is more honeysuckle with a little wheat grass.
Finish: The palate quickly fades to wood smoke, barrel char and bitter high cacao chocolate. Water leaves the finish extra dry and chalky.
Comments: This is a journey in a glass. The nose, palate, and finish all stand apart giving no hints of the others, each it’s own island of sensation. You don’t just drink this one, you experience it. Is there ever really a bad Highland Park dram?
Rating: Must Try

Review sample provided courtesy of the SMWSA and is available to society members through their website or 800.990.1991.

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